Wild Jazz Adventure this Friday!
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Enjoy the Reservoir’s natural beauty while listening to renowned Jazz musicians: Charlie Sigler (guitar), Kahlil Kwame Bell (percussion), Peter Lin (trombone), Jovan Alexandre (tenor/soprano saxophone), Justin Wert (guitar), John Nunez (guitar).
7:15-8:00pm – Giant jam at the reservoir’s edge
Plastic Recycling Art and eco-friendly kid activities conducted by National Award Winning Project Reservoir Teams. All part of a family friendly night at the Reservoir!!
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Jovan Alexandre – Saxophone
Jovan Alexandre is an emerging jazz tenor saxophone phenomenon, known for the brightness of his tone and the elegant bearing of his compositions. He may be situated, broadly speaking, within the penumbra of hard-bop and post-bop styles elaborated and taught in Alexandre’s native New England by the iconic Jackie McLean [1931-2006] during his later, seminal years as a Connecticut resident and educator. Alexandre has been a soloist on recordings for drummers Ralph Peterson (Outer Reaches ) and Winard Harper (Coexist, sharing the tenor spotlight with Frank Wess ), and for the South African jazz singer Nonhlanhla Kheswa (Meadowlands, Stolen Jazz ). Alexandre’s first album as a leader, Collective Consciousness, will be released worldwide on February 24, 2015.
Kahlil Kwame Bell – Drums
Kahlil Kwame Bell has performed on over 80 recordings. He has toured extensively with Roberta Flack, Erykah Badu, Sepia, Ste fon Harris and two time Grammy Nominated Russell Gunn’s Group Ethnomusicology. He also tours with his band “The Gift”. The recordings that feature Mr. Bell, vary from Jazz to Folk, Rock to Hip Hop, Classical to World Music and Spoken Word to Spiritual. Kahlil plays over 1,000 percussion instruments and even does work on wood and clay flutes. He is a profound composer and arranger with strong concepts. He is known for leading his group with an innovative percussion instrument called the “slappaphone”. It’s unusual sound and shape capture audiences all over the world. When asked about the instrument Kahlil says that “it called him when he first heard it and it has become his voice, offering rhythm and melody to the listener”. Gift Of Forgiveness is Kahlil’s first record released as a leader and surprisingly enough not featuring his drumming as much as his composing. Kahlil says,”on many of the records I have done in the past I have taken solos that deal with my proficiency as a musician; I wanted to show more beauty in the melodies of my compositions rather than riffing on various percussion instruments”.
Justin started playing the guitar at age 13 in his hometown of Seattle, Washington. Very soon after starting to play, he developed an interest in listening to bebop, hard bop, and modal jazz of the 1960’s. At the age of 16 he started playing rock and jazz gigs professionally, started attending Shoreline College full time where he studied tonal harmony, and played with and learned from Seattle’s best and most experienced jazz musicians such as Jay Thomas, Marc Seales, Phil Sparks, Jeff Johnson, and Mark Taylor. Also at this age he was studying the William Leavitt method and modal harmony privately with Milo Peterson and Berklee graduate Chris Spencer. At 17 he studied with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ron Eschete, and John Stowell. in 2003, at age 19, Justin turned down an $8,000 scholarship to Berklee and moved to New York City to immerse himself and learn from the epicenter of the modern jazz world. He then studied with Peter Bernstein and learned from many New York musicians such as Ingrid Jensen, Jon Wikan, Matt Clohesy, Lage Lund, Sebastian Noelle, Will Vinson, Roberta Picket, and Jacob Varmus. The next few years were spent scraping by playing sporadic gigs, teaching as the sole guitar faculty at the Eastern School of Music in Little Neck, teaching guitar classes at Riverbank State Park, playing jazz trio for two 4-month stints on Carnival Cruise Lines, catering, working as barista, and driving yellow cab. In the past 2 years Justin has played the Ellensburg Jazz Festival with the Ingrid Jensen Quartet, and hosted regular weekly jam sessions as part of the growing Cortelyou Road Brooklyn jazz scene. Currently he plays gigs with Daniel Foose on bass and Kim Garey on Drums as the Justin Wert Trio, and you can also find him every Wednesday at Benoit with world class bassist Corcoran Holt.
Charlie Sigler – Guitar
Guitarist Charlie Sigler has been active member of the music community since his high school years studying and performing in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. area. A recent graduate of William Paterson University with a B.A. in Jazz Performance, Charlie has performed with many greats of the music including Benny Golson, Harold Mabern, Eric Alexander, Joe Lovano, Winard Harper and Dave Stryker among others. He has performed at clubs and festivals throughout the region including the Litchfield Jazz Festival, Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, AFRAM and the Berks Jazz Festival. Currently residing in Bloomfield, NJ, Charlie maintains a busy schedule of performances, recording and teaching.
Peter Lin – Trombone
Ever since graduating with a BM in Jazz Performance from William Paterson University in 2013, Peter has continued to perform prolifically with other musicians as well as with his own group, The Lintet. As a featured soloist and sideman, Peter has performed with Winard Harper, Mulgrew Miller, Benny Golson, Joe Ford, Josh Evans, Warren Smith, Melissa Walker, Jack Jeffers. He was also invited as a special guest with the Cecil Big Band, Swingadelics, and the Stan Rubin Orchestra. The Lintet is responsible for organizing the music for today’s event.